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Washington -- Smithsonian

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A September 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. by grannola

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo) Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: We hit several of the Smithsonian Museums during our trip.

Washington -- Smithsonian

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Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo) Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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There are so many great things to see at the Smithsonian, it's impossible to see them all. We picked out museums that we thought our kids would enjoy the most. The Air & Space Museum: We had to see the Enterprise (the original model from Star Trek). It's hiding in the gift shop on the lower floor. I also recommend the video explaining why Star Trek physics are impossible (narrated by an animated Albert Einstein).American History Museum: Kermit the frog original puppet was there, this museum is now closed mostly for renovations. Gotta love the Julia Child kitchen. A must do for my kids was the Hands on Science exhibit (ages 5 & up). Also, make sure to see Old Glory in the re...Read More

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Attraction | "Smithsonian Institution: Museum of Natural History"

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The highlight was the Hope Diamond for the 8-year-old. The 4-year-old liked touching a piece of Mars. The baby liked any time we would let him touch anything.We looked up the Natural History museum on the Smithsonian website before we left home. The 8-year-old was really looking forward to seeing the Hope Diamond. He was not disappointed. He had to wait until we made it to the right room, and then we had to get past a crowd to get a glimpse. We did not stay long enough for him to read up on it, but we did that a bit at home anyway.The 4-year-old was a bit scared of the dinosaur exhibit on the main floor, but she doesn't do well with costumes either. She loved getting to touch buttons, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2006

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC
(202) 633-1000

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

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Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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We went here because the 4-year-old studied rocket ships last year at pre-school. OK, I'm lying, we went so I could see the Enterprise from Star Trek. I had gone to the museum with my Mom when I was a teenager. We split up so we could both see what we were interested in, and met up at the door after an hour. When we met, she said "Did you see the Enterprise?", and I had not, so I've been waiting to get back ever since.I had looked on the smithsonian.org website before we left to make sure the Enterprise was still there (which it is), and where to find it. There had been a Star Trek display a few years ago, but it is gone now. The Enterprise though is hiding in the basement of the gift shop. Kn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2006

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue At 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo)

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Attraction | "Smithsonian National Zoological Park"

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo) Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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We had to go here so the 4-year-old could see a hippopotamus. She is fascinated with them, and that was the thing she wanted to see the most on this trip.We started off by driving right through the park and having to circle around to find it again. We went to Parking Lot A, which was full, and then the next thing we knew we were back on Constitution Avenue.We finally got parked, and when we got out of the car, the first thing we saw were the giraffes. Okay, awesome, we'll be able to find the car.We went to visit the pandas, a major attraction after the birth of a baby panda last year. We spent a lot of time looking at birds, and then came back to see the hippos....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2006

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo)
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 673-4800

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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Attraction | "The National Museum of American History"

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The 4-year-old again dictated where we should go. We had to go here to see Kermit the Frog. Of course, this museum kept us going much longer than we had anticipated.As Canadian's we didn't realize how interesting the American History Museum was going to be. The kids liked the transportation exhibit that started from ships, to the first car to travel across the US, to buses, to airplanes. There were lots of things to see and touch. They liked the transportation of food display and the Chicago El Train. This took up a full wing of the main floor.Downstairs we found Julia Child's kitchen, where there was a video playing with Julia's wit and wisdom. It was conveniently located across the h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2006

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street And Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1300